Another Colorado motorcyclist is riding no more thanks to a collision with a motorist that didn’t see him. It was a Sunday afternoon when the man from Longmont fell victim to an SUV pulling a U-turn in front of him. This type of motorcycle accident is disturbingly common, so why do so many people know very little about it?
Motorcyclists Beware! U-Turns Can Be Deadly
The 66-year-old man was riding south through Longmont on Main Street near Tenacity Drive around 2:15pm on January 1st. That’s when a 65-year-old woman driving an SUV took a U-turn into the 66-year-old rider’s lane. The two vehicles collided, and the man was rushed to Longmont United Hospital where he later passed. This type of accident is one of the most frequent motorcyclists run across, so why don’t we hear more about U-turn collisions?
Why Are U-Turns a Hidden Danger?
The number one cause of motorcycle accidents is widely known as left-hand turn accidents. Most people think of these crashes as happening when a motorist takes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist they didn’t see coming from the opposite direction. However, did you know that other types of crashes are sometimes lumped into this category?
Sometimes crashes where cars merge left into motorcycles can get counted in this category. Sometimes crashes where cars trap motorcycles travelling in the same direction also get included in this category. Sometimes U-turns also get put into this crash classification. This is why we sometimes don’t hear about other types of two-vehicle motorcycle crashes, they get rolled into one label, but we as riders need to distinguish between these types of collisions so we can be ready to avoid them out on the open road.
The motorcycle accident attorneys here at the Metier Law Firm keep an eye on details like these. We want you to have a safe ride out on our beautiful Colorado highways. So, if you see someone who might try to take a U-turn in front of you, move as far to the right as you can and be ready. You can also share your motorcycling tips with us by heading over to our Facebook and Twitter pages.